Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
April 29, 2019
Invest More in Community Colleges
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
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Community colleges are vastly under-resourced and, as a result, largely cannot fulfill their promise to serve as engines of social mobility, says a new report from The Century Foundation. 

The report recommends increased state funding for community colleges, a new federal-state partnership that provides federal dollars to states that increase their own investments, and a new body of research to establish what it costs to provide a community college education.
Jamie Merisotis
Foster Youth Face Extreme Barriers to College. Here’s One Program That’s Helping.
Julia Schmalz, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Young people leaving foster care and trying to break out of poverty have the odds stacked against them. Every year, some 20,000 of the nation’s nearly 450,000 foster kids age out of the system, encountering an abrupt end to support at a time when many of their peers are enrolled in college. 

In Virginia, a program called Great Expectations helps foster youth complete high school, gain access to a community college education, and transition successfully from the foster care system to living independently.

Jamie Merisotis
In Puerto Rico, the Odds Are Against High School Grads Who Want to Go to College
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report
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High school graduates in Puerto Rico who want to go to college face a significant obstacle: a university entrance exam few mainland admission offices accept.

So unrelentingly are the cards stacked against them that only 694 high school graduates from all of Puerto Rico went to college on the mainland or abroad in 2016, the last year for which the figure is available from the U.S. Department of Education. That’s about 2 percent. The island’s population is 3.2 million, according to the Census Bureau.

Can Student Coaching Help Higher Ed Improve Retention Rates?
Dennis Pierce, eCampus News
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Many higher education success initiatives focus on at-risk students. Loyola University New Orleans, however, has flipped this script by giving every first-year student personalized coaching. And the effort appears to be making a difference: The percentage of students who return for their second year is now at an all-time high. 
Commentary: How We’re Building a Future Workforce One Intern at a Time
Gregory Bradbard, The San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Even in Strong Job Market, High-School Graduates Flock to College
Sarah Chaney and Michelle Hackman, The Wall Street Journal
Successfully Replicating the Meyerhoff STEM Scholars Program
Delece Smith-Barrow, The Hechinger Report
Essay: Work-Study Doesn’t Work
Ryan Craig, Inside Higher Ed
P-Tech Program Seeks to Bridge New York's Education, Skills Gap
Diego Mendoza-Moyers, Albany Times Union
Prospective College Students: Hiding in Plain Sight
Jon Reidel and Rick Dalton, New England Journal of Higher Education
Bound for Greatness
Amy MacKinnon, AACC 21st Century Center
Opinion: The Real College Scandal
Richard D. Kahlenberg, The New York Times
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